August 2022|British Birds


422 Content

423 Information and also remark Maddy Hine and also Russ Malin

427 Limited migrant birds in Britain in 2020

Component 2: passerines Steve White and also Chris Kehoe

452 Grey Herons nesting amongst Greater Reedmace David Norman, Richard Castell, Andy Harmer and also John Marchant

456 Terrific bird gets: the Ouse Washes Jonathan Taylor

471 Notes

475 Current records

477 My spot

My home windows are open large, the blinds are taken down, and also I have a glass of ice water in my hand while I’m composing this– so my ideas resorting to winter months swans could appear a little bit misplaced. Early January in northwest England utilized to be a great time to go and also search for Bewick’s Swans, in the areas around the Cheshire & & Wirral side of the Dee Tidewater, or among the Whooper Swans at Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire & & North Merseyside. They were never ever usual, however they were constantly existing. Warmer winter seasons– to match our warmer summertimes– have actually led to the varieties ‘short-stopping’, staying in the (currently mainly ice-free) eastern reaches of their wintering premises. Three-figure matters at some websites in Britain have actually diminished to a handful of birds each winter months. One needs to ask yourself: will the varieties sign up with the similarity Rough-legged Buzzard and also Great Grey Shrike in the future in the Scarce Migrants report?

No place is the transforming condition of Bewick’s Swan extra nicely detailed than at the Ouse Washes, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk boundary, where numbers have actually gone down drastically recently (while the variety of Whooper Swans has actually increased dramatically). Warmer winter seasons in eastern Europe are not the only element influencing the birds of the Ouse Washes; as this month’s ‘Great bird gets’ paper clarifies, extra regular and also extra severe flooding is additionally an obstacle, and also the gets in the location are needing to adjust and also broaden to maintain the birdlife of these crucial washlands.

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